Stronghold Society a Live Life Call To Action Report by Walt Pourier
On October 15, 2011, all the supporters of the Stronghold Society’s Live Life Call To Action Campaigns came together to help gift the WK4-Directions Skatepark Toby Eagle Bull Memorial to the Pine Ridge Community (South Dakota)… HUGE SUCCESS!
“Big shout outs to Stronghold Society supporters Jeff Ament & Pearl Jam / PJ10 Club, VANS Steve Van Doren and Chris Overholser, Tony Hawk Foundation, Miki Vuckovich and Chris Saaca and Ben Harper. To Monk, Matt and Grindline Skateparks a big thanks for their over and beyond efforts! Thanks to the Lakota Skate Culture Movement and Pine Ridge Community who are joining in and working hard to support or youth. The WK4-Directions Skatepark is the best in the state of South Dakota and maybe even surrounding states.
Jeff Ament took a break from the Pearl Jam Tour to join us in Pine Ridge, and Jeff and Jim Murphy wasted no time jumping in the bowl and skating with the youth! Jeff even found time to shoot some hoops with the locals!
Ray Barbee joined Chris Overholser and VANS TV “Pass The Bucket” crews Luke Korver to capture all the moments of this awesome day. VANS has been a huge supporter in all the Stronghold Society efforts. Ray skated with the youth and jumped on our basketball court stage and rocked some blues!!!
All day we had FREE Product donated from VANS, Independent-Keith Wilson & Rhino, Bones- Michael Furukawa, Protec Helmets-Ariel Pe, JUICE Magazine-Terri Craft and Dan Levy, Wounded Knee Skateboards-Jim Murphy, Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam, Christian Fresco PJ/20 Ten Club, Stronghold Society, Lakota Art Studio…. big shout out to Outlaw Skateshop for hooking up the youth with some killer deals on skateboard product.
Conscious Alliance is a huge supporter of Stronghold Society efforts year round setup and they handed out FREE Food bags of healthy food to the Pine Ridge community… doing what they do best. Justin, you da man!
The Eagle Bull family is so awesome, they fed all the people and had an honoring for all the supporters! Music by Scatter Their Own, K- Dog, Chance Two Crow, Monk even rocked some punk, Ray Barbee and few
others set the rhythm for the day!
Lots of media on hand including, Oprah Winfrey Networks “Our America” with Lisa Ling…. The day whole day totally rocked!
Walt Pourier (Executive Director), Jim Murphy (Director of Skateparks), Lonnie Pourier (Kimimila Director), Board Members Allison Pourier, Danica Brown, Darius Smith, Donna Johnson, Marilyn Pourier (Mother/Elder Advisor) of the Stronghold Society would like to personally thank YOU for all your continued support… without you we could not do the work we do… “micante etan wopila tanka” Biggest thanks from within my heart. – Walt Pourier.
HERE ARE SOME EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM OPENING DAY TAKEN BY JEFF AMENT (PEARL JAM).